#dayofdh 2012

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    Leftover Ravioli and #NITLE’s Digital Pedagogy seminar!
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:01:58
  2. One of my favorite ways of engaging with the Digital Humanities community is through the NITLE seminars. Moderated by Rebecca Frost Davis, they bring in speakers to explore a given topic. Today’s was digital pedagogy and we were graced with Jentery Sayers and Katherine Harris.
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    Stop by to chat with @jenterysayers and I abt praxis in digital pedagogy. Bring your failures! Record it on#dayofdh bit.ly/GR8j5j
    Mon, Mar 26 2012 13:14:42
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    Looking forward to the “Digital Pedagogy” NITLE seminar w/ @triproftri and @FrostDavis today at 10 PT / 1 ET: nitle.org/live/events/136-…
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 11:12:37
  5. Both speakers were engaging and raised critical points about the transition from ‘teaching with technology’ to digital pedagogy and ‘digital humanities’ to humanities. Above all, it was critical to get concrete examples of work, assignments, instructional design, and campus resources in which to build and shepherd effective digital assignments.
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    Getting underway with @jenterysayers talking about his students building an @Omeka exhibit. #nitle #dayofDh
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:05:41
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    Glad @jenterysayers acknowledges that tech alone doesn’t change pedagogy. AND that we must reconfigure learning outcomes, ect. #NITLE
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:11:17
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    “How do we reconfigure the learning outcomes when we change teaching methods?” -@jenterysayers #nitle #dayofDH
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:11:11
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    .@triproftri: Work with an instructional designer to make sure you’re being realistic. #dayofDH #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:45:41
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    .@triproftri: Assess your students’ access to technology, which will depend on your institution. #dayofDH #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:46:02
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    .@triproftri: Make sure you create assignments that help them learn what you really want them to learn. #dayofDH #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:47:30
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    Digital pedagogy when done well engages so many different competencies for students from critical thinking to visual literacy. #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:43:02
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    .@triproftri emphasizes importance of scaffolding in digital pedagogy #nitle #dayofdh
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:39:37
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    .@triproftri: One assignment builds on another timeline, Delicious links essay, poem explicaiton, etc. #dayofDH #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:40:59
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    .@triproftri recommends the revitalized DiRT. You can browse by what you want to do: bit.ly/GRDf6D. #dayofDH #nitle
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:31:01
  16. Of course, from my perspective as a libarchivist, I am always thrilled to see faculty give librarians and archivists dh shout outs. We are a critical collaborator and partner to feed the dh beast with content, instructional, and technical support. And many participants agreed.
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    .@triproftri is also talking about the importance of working with libraries as people pushing OA. Librarians as agitators! #nitle #dayofDH
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:57:35
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    librarians in digital pedagogy–it is way more than service says @triproftri #Dayofdh #NITLE
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 13:56:38
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    RT @briancroxall: .@jenterysayers: Librarians are key to the future of publication and we need to partner with them. #nitle #dayofDH
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 14:16:40
  20. The afternoon continued with me checking on various blogs that I read to keep up with higher education, digital humanities, and librarianship. Today’s Info Docket was a goldmine of resources to add to my campus LibGuides.
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    Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Goes Live wp.me/p1mjr5-3JX
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 10:46:04
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    Rutgers University: Librarians Create Digital Portal of International Posters Tracing History of Women’s Activism bit.ly/GWbQhi
    Tue, Mar 27 2012 09:21:07
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    Rutgers Univ.: Librarians Digitize Posters Tracing History of Women’s Activism @joycevalenza @mtechman wp.me/p1mjr5-3JN
    Mon, Mar 26 2012 19:03:05
  24. Next week, Hampshire is hosting the first of its lectures on for our Five College Learning Community: ‘Reading, Writing, Looking: New Ways of Knowing in the Digital Humanities.’ To that end, I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon going over logistics to pay vendors, finalize catering, and share our provisional schedule for the day. Stay tuned for more!

Scheduling Hack

My office door.

It occurred to me a month ago that I send too many emails back and forth with students and faculty to set up meetings. At Hampshire, students and faculty/ staff do not all share the same calendar system. This makes scheduling appointments difficult and thus we all spend tons of time sending emails back and forth about times we are available until parties reach consensus. Enough I say! I saw a link from someone’s syllabus at Indiana University to set up appointments with tungle.me and I signed up immediately. Now, when someone writes to set up a meeting, I send along a link to my page and the email middleman sailed into the sunset. Great!

But what about students who wander to my office during off hours or when I am at another campus at a meeting? Or random passersby who want to know more about who Caro Pinto is? Inspired by our head of IT who affixed his own qr code to his nameplate, I decided to experiment with one of my own.

There’s been plenty of talk in the world of higher education and libraries about qr codes and their potential, all of which is perfectly valid. But will students scan the codes when they encounter them? This post from the folks at U Kentucky suggest that, eh/maybe/not so much; students are more indifferent to qr codes in spite of their upward trend in smartphone ownership and the nearly ubiquitous trope that college students will use all the new technologies offered them.

In spite of these potential barriers, I decided that it would be harmless to explore the possibility of serendipitous discovery for Hampshire community members who use qr codes and wander past my door. It’s another form of outreach to my constituents. Who knows? Maybe some nonusers will engage with me because of it?

Time will tell.


I love my job. Love. It. There are a myriad of reasons for this, but central among them is the responsibility to build our library’s collections for the School of Critical Social Inquiry. While my budget is limited, I still manage to buy a number of monographs that reflect my school’s curriculum. I’m excited about my purchases, but I am struggling how to best promote them in my community.

Some colleagues use LibraryThing. Others relay on our new book shelf in the front of the library. Sometimes I will tweet about a random book title, or write emails to interested faculty and put items on hold for them to peruse. But what about other avenues of Discovery?

Enter Pinterest.

Inspired by iLibrarians’s post about using Pinterest in libraries, I decided that I would pin my acquisitions to a board called ‘New Books.’ So, the books arrived, I plugged titles into the interwebs, grateful that I could primarily pull content from University Press sites as just Amazon.com. The Pintest site looked pretty cool, but I am struggling to find the right venue to push content out to places where my users will actually encounter it. Should I just publish random pins (books) to Twitter? Is this the impetus we need to bring back our Library’s Facebook page? So many questions!

Weigh in, dear readers, please weigh in.